November 13, 2019

What is mental illness: is it when obsessions, anxiety, euphoria, excitement, compulsions take control of someone’s life?

Honorata Gawronska, 39

Mental illnesses are egalitarian, as there is no nation or social class that is sick more often. The level of development or latitude is not important. Mental illness can affect anyone at any point of life, with or without a trigger.

Statistics are alarming as there is a still growing number of people with a mental disorder. Each of us can find somebody who is faced with psychological suffering. Unfortunately, we are still talking about mental disorders without empathy; in a detrimental way. For example, the problems of people sick with depression are very often identified with whims.
Since the beginning of 2018, I have worked in the Centre for Mental Health Recovery (CMHR) in Inverness, North Scotland.

Experience from the CMHR shows that the act of creation is able to break weakness and helps to make life most worth living. Interaction with art made clients more relaxed, increased happiness and decreased depressive symptoms.

During this personal project, I was looking for a symbol of mental health illness. Beasts inside of us. I combine images from classical culture with modern subjects. My works are a mixture of what I saw, experienced, and created.

As Plato stated, madness is a gift from Gods.

In addition, I have become familiar with the term of masks. The mask covers the face, hiding emotion and personality. A mask may allow its wearer to emphasise one facet of themselves, or submerge themselves and perform acts that are totally out of their character. They also protect the wearer from actions of their own and others.

The Minotaur, 2019Oil, acrylic, spray paint150x100cm